Hemorrhoids occur when the veins in and around the anal sphincter become inflamed. Unfortunately they're a pretty common affliction. Left untreated they can cause painful bowel movements, and in some cases bleeding. Hemorrhoids are caused for a variety of reasons: inadequate fiber in the diet, sitting on the toilet too long and straining when having a bowel movement, to name a few. Remedies using the spice turmeric have been used for hundreds of years to treat hemorrhoids naturally.
Turmeric and Petroleum Jelly
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help treat the inflammation that creates hemorrhoids. To make a turmeric salve: mix 1 tsp. turmeric and 1 tbsp. petroleum jelly. Once you have mixed the ingredients together, the resulting ointment should be applied to the hemorrhoids prior to a bowel movement. The turmeric will assist in healing any fissures that may have developed as a result of the hemorrhoids, and the petroleum jelly lubricates the rectum and anus, making it easier to pass stools.
Turmeric and Aloe Vera Gel
Another home remedy made from turmeric uses a combination of turmeric and Aloe vera gel. Mix together 1/2 tsp. turmeric and 1 tbsp. Aloe vera gel. Once the ointment is well-mixed, apply it to the anus before going to bed. The turmeric will help to heal fissures and reduce inflammation, while the Aloe vera gel will soothe the inflamed tissues associated with hemorrhoids.
Turmeric and Ghee
One last turmeric remedy for hemorrhoids is composed of turmeric and ghee. Ghee is a clarified butter used in Indian cooking and can be purchased in the ethnic food sections of some supermarkets or at ethnic food stores. For this home treatment, mix 1 tsp. ghee with 1/2 tsp. turmeric. This mixture should be applied to hemorrhoids before bed for three consecutive nights. The following two nights do not apply the ointment. Repeat this cycle until hemorrhoids are gone.
Turmeric can easily stain clothes and skin. Wear your oldest clothes when using these home remedies. Any stains on the skin will disappear within two to three weeks once remedies are discontinued.